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Football sectional alignment creates budget concerns for Penn

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The Penn Kingsmen football team is excited about the opportunity to play the best of the best in the state of Indiana on a week to week basis. However, the move to Class 6A creates some financial concerns for the school's athletic department.

The Kingsmen are now faced with budget concerns involving additional travel costs because they are now in a sectional with teams from Valparaiso and Portage. These longer road trips for Penn will cost the school more money according to Penn Athletic Director Ben Karasiak.

Karasiak added in the new Class 6A system the Penn Athletic Department might also wind up making less money than in years prior because of the 6A playoff formatting. Indiana high schools share the revenue made from ticket sales made during their sectional playoffs. However, in the Class 6A, these larger schools are losing one game to share revenue from.

"We're just going to have to live with it and do the best we can. Hopefully with the tournament and the school's that we're playing we generate enough money to at least put somewhat of a dent in to that figure because it's a sizeable amount when you lose an actual game," said Karasiak. "You're talking anywhere from $8000-10,000 in some cases. We're going to have to try to hopefully make it through with big crowds in our sectional competition."

According to Karasiak, the Kingsmen do not have the option to raise the price of admission on their tickets to compensate for the loss in revenue because the Indiana High School Athletic Association sets ticket cost during the playoffs.

 

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